Packers offense looks to stay in gear vs. Ravens
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers’ potential return from a broken collarbone took a major step forward this week. But, as Rodgers has said all along, there has to be a reason to return.
The Packers quarterback, who is on injured reserve, went through a conditioning session on Wednesday that included taking snaps and mimicking the throwing motion with a towel. It was his first time doing anything football-related on the field since suffering the injury at Minnesota on Oct. 15.
“I think he’s making really good progress,” coach Mike McCarthy said before Thursday’s practice. “I know the training staff and the strength and conditioning staff are very pleased with where he is. He’s moving right along.”
For the Packers to stay in the playoff chase, they will need consistent production out of their running game, regardless of who is carrying the ball in their banged-up backfield.
In last weekend’s victory at Chicago, rookie starter Aaron Jones suffered a knee injury and backup Ty Montgomery re-injured the ribs that were broken during the first matchup against the Bears on Sept. 28. Rookie Jamaal Williams, who had rushed only twice in the previous four games, carried the load with 20 carries for 67 yards in the second half.
McCarthy said Jones is out for “multiple” weeks and Montgomery missed the first two days of practice this week. The Packers (5-4) probably will move forward with Williams, a fourth-round pick, and Devante Mays, a seventh-round pick, when they host the Baltimore Ravens (4-5) on Sunday.
The Packers will need those two to produce. The Ravens’ third-ranked pass defense and blitz-heavy scheme will provide the biggest test to date for Brett Hundley, who will be making his fourth NFL start.